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Camille Claudel 1915 (2013)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 13 March 2013 (France)
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Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France - where she will never sculpt again - the chronicle of Camille Claudel's reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.

Director:

Bruno Dumont

Writers:

Paul Claudel (letters), Camille Claudel (letters) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Juliette Binoche ... Camille Claudel
Jean-Luc Vincent Jean-Luc Vincent ... Paul Claudel
Jessica Errero Jessica Errero ... Nursing Home Resident (as Jessica Herrero)
Robert Leroy Robert Leroy ... Le médecin
Myriam Laloum Myriam Laloum ... Nursing Home Resident
Alexandra Lucas Alexandra Lucas ... Nursing Home Resident
Sandra Rivera Sandra Rivera ... Soeur Sandra
Marion Keller Marion Keller ... Mlle Blanc
Armelle Leroy-Rolland Armelle Leroy-Rolland ... La jeune soeur novice
Nicole Faurite Nicole Faurite ... Soeur Nicole
Emmanuel Kauffman Emmanuel Kauffman ... Le prêtre
Florence Philippe Florence Philippe ... Soeur Florence
Claire Peyrade Claire Peyrade ... Pensionnaire bain
Christelle Petit Christelle Petit ... Soeur Christelle
Daniele Daniele ... Nursing Home Resident
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Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France - where she will never sculpt again - the chronicle of Camille Claudel's reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 March 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Camille Claudel, 1915 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€3,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$783, 8 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,960, 22 November 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The French culture magazine 'Transfuge' named Camille Claudel 1915 (2013) the No.1 film of 2013. See more »

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Loosely inspired by the works and correspondence of Paul Claudel and correspondence of Camille Claudel. See more »

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Avec L'Ami Bidasse
lyrics by Henri Mailfait & music by Louis Bousquet
© Editions Louis Bousquet
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Uncomfortable but gratifying watch
21 July 2013 | by franked18See all my reviews

I wanted to leave this screening about halfway through, but not because it was a terrible film. On the contrary, it was because Dumont's impeccably observed production evokes the same sense of claustrophobia experienced by its titular character, who is yearning for release from the asylum to which she had been committed by her family.

For most of the film's duration, neither Camille nor the audience are entirely clear about why she was incarcerated, or at least, why she remains so. What little back story we are given is relayed principally by Camille herself, and in a manner that suggests more eccentricity than madness. I had not read up on Claudel prior to seeing this film, but having done so since, I absolutely endorse Dumont's rendering.

The direction is unhurried and the dialogue minimal. Long takes abound, soundtracked by repetitive noises like echoing footsteps, the crunching of gravel, and, most disconcertingly, the infantile howling of the asylum's residents. The sense of place and aesthetic is intelligently realised, and for all its oppressive qualities, this film is a beautiful thing to look at.

As Camille, Binoche shines like the genuine star she is - a genius artist playing a genius artist. The occasional closeup (and there are many) may reveal a composure running one or two shades too deep for this character, however whenever our heroine cracks, Binoche exemplifies her mastery at bridling and channeling female psychology. The other figure in the narrative equation - Camille's brother Paul - is played by Vincent in turns both tender and oblique.

Thematically, Dumont does not preach, but tantalisingly throws juxtaposition after juxtaposition before us, inviting manifold readings.

Rather than write a critical analysis here, it will suffice to say that there is much to be gleaned from this film, notwithstanding biography.

8.5/10


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